Please Please Please….
spare 10 minutes of your time to watch this amazing video!
This is incredibly thought provoking and explains a blog post I wrote not long ago (“I hope he’s as easy to get as this birth control”) perfectly!
This concept of Sex Economics is an idea I first heard about from Helen Alvare.
Helen Alvare (amazing professor/lawyer/wife/mother) talks about how birth control involves the idea of “risk compensation”
Risk Compensation: “If you lower the cost of things, people will buy more of it…. [I]f you lower the cost of uncommitted sexual encounters, you completely dissociate sex from pregnancy and birth and a lifetime of child care. People will engage in more uncommitted sexual encounters.”
As Timothy Reichert states in his article Bitter Pill ( a MUST read), in terms of comprehending this…the sex market used to be in the same market as marriage. Now, those two markets are on completely different levels….which means it no longer takes love or commitment or a ceremony to have sex. The price for sex is unbelievably cheap.
Before…the price for sex was (gasp) marriage.
Someone explain to me why that ^^ is a bad thing??
Marriage for sex seems like a good bargain….assuming your love is pure, selfless, and committed. This leaves pretty much no room for the risks (STDs, broken hearts, unplanned pregnancy, DRAMA) of uncommitted sex.
In all seriousness though, women deserve better than this, and it’s a little sad that we have to talk about sex in terms of economics and “supply” and “demand” in order to really see what’s happening because of the pill.